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Fred LaForest Johnson Correspondence and Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0796-sc

Scope and Contents

The correspondence of a Bowdoin College student in the late 1870's and early 1880's. The letters are from Fred LaForest Johnson's father, his young brother Harry, his cousin Carrie who lived in Northport, Maine, his aunt Amanda from Fort Wayne, Indiana. The bulk of the correspondence is from his sister Mae. Included also are a diary from 1877, 2 photographs of Fred, a short genealogy of the Johnson family, and other miscellaneous letters and papers.

Dates

  • 1864-1928

Creator

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

Fred LaForest Johnson was born in Pittsfield, Maine in 1859 and died in 1939. He entered Bowdoin College in 1877 and graduated in 1881. He joined the Signal Corps in 1882 and stayed until 1903. He was in the livestock business in Wichita, Kansas, from 1903-1905 and was a pharmacist in the same town from 1905-1919. He moved to California and served as the Deputy Assessor in Los Angeles County.

Biographical Note

Harry Johnson, brother of Fred and born in 1873, was the youngest child in the family, followed by Mae and then Fred. Edgar was the oldest and married Emma Rogers in 1877. Mae worked in a mill in Pittsfield until she was able to get a teaching position in Fairbury, Nebraska in the early 1880's. Mae wrote Fred often and fully described her work and friends, books she read, and what little social life she had. She became engaged to Samuel Van Dorston from Kansas in June 1884.

Extent

6 Folders

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The correspondence of a Bowdoin College student in the late 1870s and early 1880s. The letters are from Fred LaForest Johnson's father, his young brother Harry, his cousin Carrie who lived in Northport, Maine, his aunt Amanda from Fort Wayne, Indiana. The bulk of the correspondence is from his sister Mae. Included also are a diary from 1877, 2 photographs of Fred, a short genealogy of the Johnson family, and other miscellaneous letters and papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gary MacIntyre.

General

No finding aid - see Special Collections librarian for assistance.
Title
Guide to the Fred LaForest Johnson Correspondence and Papers
Status
No Additional Box Or Folder List For This Small Collection
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686